Originally Posted by Crisstti
Not if he's as money hungry as you think he is. But maybe he isn't.
Though it is odd to withdraw with a stomach virus two days before. Wouldn't one hoe to be better by then?.
I do think he would show up for the money if all he had was a stomach virus. Nadal(stupidly)played sicker than a dog in Doha in 2011, and I am certain the appearance fee he got for playing there had a whole lot to do with it.
I think his knee is still bothering him quite a bit and he used this as an excuse to get out of playing there. If Nadal were anywhere near ready to play he would have played Abu Dhabi. That appearance fee is far too large not to.